Jason Rantanen

Professor, Ferguson-Carlson Fellow in Law, and Director of the Innovation, Business, and Law program

Jason Rantanen is a Professor and Ferguson-Carslon Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. He writes in the areas of patent law, federal courts, and empirical legal studies. Professor Rantanen has authored numerous articles and book chapters that address the law from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and his scholarship has appeared in the USC Law ReviewFlorida Law ReviewWashington & Lee Law ReviewAmerican University Law ReviewMichigan State Law Review, and Stanford Technology Law Journal, among others.  He is also a co-author of the widely-read PatentlyO law blog.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Rantanen served as a clerk to the Hon. William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and practiced with the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for six years. Immediately prior to joining Iowa Law in 2011, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

In addition to his teaching and scholarship work, Professor Rantanen is the faculty advisor for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Society student group and director of the University of Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center. He also serves on the law school's internal procedures and learning outcomes & assessments committees, the university's research council, brand advisory council, and faculty policies & compensation and intellectual property policy committees. He is also the faculty contact person for the College of Law's combined degree programs.

Professor Rantanen’s recent publications include "Administering Patent Law" in the Iowa Law Review, two co-authored chapters in the Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II -- Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing) and "Patents as Credentials," co-authored with Sarah E. Jack, in the Washington & Lee Law Review. He is also the creator of the Compendium of Federal Circuit Decisions, the largest and most comprehensive publicly available dataset on decisions by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Professor Rantanen will be on research leave during the Fall of 2020 and will teach Introduction to Intellectual Property and Trademarks & Unfair Competition in Spring 2021.

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Practice and Teaching: 

  • Patent Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Iowa Medical Innovation Group
  • Recent Developments in Patent Law
  • Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium
  • Capstone Course; Administrative Law